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An Ivory Tower with a View: Approaching the Non-Academic Job Market with a Humanities Ph.D.

Saturday, April 8, 2017
10:00 am to 2:30 pm

This professional development event will feature Dr. Zachary Ernst, who will share his experiences and insights on how to leverage graduate education to meet the demands of a non-academic job market.  Dr. Ernst received his PhD in philosophy from the University of Wisconsin Madison. Before becoming a data engineer in Chicago, he was a tenured professor of philosophy at University of Missouri-Columbia and Florida State University.


  • 9:30-10:00 Coffee
  • 10:00-11:00 Session 1:  Perspectives on Leaving the Ivory Tower
  • 11:00-11:15 Break
  • 11:15-12:15 Session 2: Surviving the Non-Academic Job Search
  • 12:15-1:30 Lunch
  • 1:30-2:30 Discussion with Maria Wisdom from Versatile Humanists At Duke

This event is sponsored by the Graduate School's Professional Development Grant, and hosted by the Philosophy Department. Questions? Contact Lok Chan at

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West Duke Building, Room 202
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  • Professional Development